Program Associate, Network

Job Type

Full Time




570 Lexington Avenue
New York
New York
United States


About the Roosevelt Institute

Until economic and social rules work for all Americans, they’re not working. Inspired by the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor, the Roosevelt Institute reimagines the rules to create a nation where everyone enjoys a fair share of our collective prosperity. We are a 21st century think tank bringing together multiple generations of thinkers and leaders to help drive key economic and social debates and have local and national impact. We advance this mission through the work of our staff, fellows, and network of students and alumni.


Roosevelt is taking on some of the biggest issues facing our economy and society and putting out bold, cutting-edge research and policies. Our work ranges from thinking about how we restructure the world of finance to changing the way colleges and universities invest in their communities. In the past year alone we released a bold agenda to rewrite the rules of the American economy which the Washington Post called a new manifesto for fighting inequality; framed the issues of financialization and corporate short-termism and issued a policy agenda that influenced the presidential race and key lawmakers; and crowd-sourced a blueprint for what young people want from candidates in 2016.


Roosevelt’s Network

Roosevelt is home to the nation’s largest network of emerging doers and thinkers—young people who are committed to reimagining and rewriting the rules in their communities. Roosevelt is a network of over 10,000 students working to advance solutions in their communities because we believe it matters who writes the rules. Our members are organized on a wide variety of 130 campuses in 40 states nationwide that work with policy makers and communicators to write and enact local, state, and national policy with clear, principled ideas and visionary, actionable plans.

Our members are actively influencing policy landscape - from introducing legislation on protections for LGBTQ youth, consulting with local governments on natural disaster flood prevention. Fighting for restoring voting rights to the formerly incarcerated in Florida to ensuring free tampons are provided at Connecticut College, the Roosevelt network provides opportunities for the next generation of leaders to advocate for their communities.

Our Culture

At Roosevelt, we recognize that the culture of the workplace and opportunities for career growth and development are important to all.  We believe that diversity of background and experience among our people make our work to reimagine the rules of our social and economic realities stronger.

Roosevelt is equal opportunity employer and, as affirms in policy and practice to consider all applications in all job classifications, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, military status, height and weight, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest record, or other legally protected status. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates to apply. There is a handicapped-accessible, all gender/gender-neutral bathroom on site.

Overview of the Position 

The Program Associate assists in organizing and implementing core projects, major events, and operations for the Roosevelt Institute’s network. This position supports chapters across the country through base building and recruitment, training, and event planning; assists with national equity and inclusion work, including supporting pilot programs in New York City and building institutional partnerships; and supporting national programming including the annual Hyde Park Conference and 10 Ideas (which is our annual policy journal). This position works closely with the Program Manager for Chapter Engagement and Membership Development and reports to the National Director.

This is an exciting organizing opportunity for a passionate, driven, and dependable recent graduate who is interested in working at the intersection of equity and inclusion, organizing, and policy. This position is designed for someone who is looking to grow professionally by simultaneously implementing network strategies while learning hard skills like project management. 

The Program Associate is a full time, paid, and unionized position.

Roles and Responsibilities 

• Assist with the implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies that include, but are not limited to, helping organize and execute pilot programs in New York City and helping build institutional partnerships with community colleges.

• Support chapter and leadership development across the network through base building and recruitment, training, and event planning.

• Assist in the planning and execution of major events and conferences, including our week-long Hyde Park Conference and other public events. 

• Provide organizing support for national programs like 10 Ideas and Re:Public.

• Directly interface with individual students and chapters throughout the network to strengthen our community of Roosevelters.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person holding this position. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.

Qualifications and Skills 

• Bachelor’s degree and 1-2 years experience in a student organization or equivalent organizing training and experience.

• Experience with student or youth-based organizing, base building, and/or event planning.

• Comfortable with using technology for project management and communications. Examples include: Trello, Nationbuilder and Slack.

• Self-driven working style and ability to juggle multiple projects at a time.

• Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

• Attention to organization, detail and deadlines.

• Willingness to travel throughout the country periodically.

• Passion for the mission of the Roosevelt Institute, and a belief in the ability of young people to play a defining role in determining the futures of their communities.


Salaries at the Roosevelt Institute are competitive and we provide a flexible benefits program at minimal cost to the employee. We offer a rewarding, friendly, supportive, and collaborative work environment, excellent health insurance coverage, paid time off, and employer pension contributions when eligibility criteria are met.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply